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Student Dress Expectations

Good grooming and personal appearance are essential elements to learning and the learning environment. Students’ dress and personal appearance are expected to not interfere with the health and safety of anyone in the school and should not be disruptive or interfere with the legitimate interest and welfare of the students. 

The principal or designated person(s) at each school have the authority to determine inappropriate dress.  Any student violating the dress code must modify the infraction per the administrator’s request. While at school, students must be dressed clean and neatly and should adhere to the following dress expectations/or  Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards: 

  1. Shoes or sandals must be worn. Closed-toe shoes must be worn in laboratory and shop-type course areas consistent with Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. No bedroom shoes are permitted.
  2. Hair must be clean, neatly styled, not in the eyes, and not of a length to be dangerous around machinery and equipment; long hair worn on males or females in these areas must be secured at the back of the head.
  3. Clothing with pictures, writings, messages, and/or symbols related to or promoting or considered to promote racism, sex, obscenities, alcohol, tobacco, violence and/or drugs are considered disruptive to the educational process and are prohibited.
  4. Hats, bandanas, curlers, picks, and hoodies worn on the head are not to be worn at school or on school buses. 
  5. Holes in pants must be below fingertip length. Students wearing pants, slacks, skirts, or shorts at an unacceptable level shall move the clothing to a more acceptable level and secure it with their own personal belt or with means supplied by the administration of the school. An appropriate length for shorts and skirts is a mid-thigh length or fingertip length with hands down by the side for grade levels 4 through 12. Pants, slacks, skirts, or shorts worn by a student at an unacceptable level after having been instructed to do otherwise will be considered an act of insubordination. Pants must be worn on the hips or waist area; sagging pants are prohibited.
  6. Belts must be buckled, sashes tied, straps strapped, and suspenders properly worn.
  7. Shirts must be of a length to be tucked, have a sleeve (no muscle shirts) and mid-section must be covered at all times (seated/standing).  Females should not wear tops that show cleavage, bare tank tops alone, or spaghetti strap type tops without an over shirt/jacket.  No bright-colored undergarments under light-colored shirts, shorts or pants.
  8. Pajamas may not be worn to school. Biker pants, sagging pants, uncovered spandex, strapless attire, tank tops, half shirts, bare midriff tops, halters, see-through clothing, exposed underwear, unbuttoned shirts revealing bare chests, hanging chains (including those attached to clothing), or coats/jackets that go below the waist (including dusters/trench or other similar styles) are not to be worn. Tights, leggings, jeggings, joggers, or yoga pants may be worn covered by an appropriate length shirt that covers the front and backside.
  9. Tattoos that are disruptive to the learning environment must be covered.  Facial piercings that are deemed safety hazards and can be unduly disruptive to the learning environment should not be worn. 
  10. Changing of clothes on school property is to be restricted to restrooms, dressing rooms, and other appropriate assigned places and is not to occur in classrooms or school buses.